Coronavirus sparks hiring spree for nearly 500,000 jobs at biggest retailers

CVS Health and Walmart are among about a dozen large companies looking to hire nearly 500,000 Americans in coming weeks as they manage a surge in demand for household products. "There are too many customers for our staffing to handle most of the time," said Cody Clark, who works at Brookshire's Food & Pharmacy in Tyler, TX.

CVS Health and Walmart are among about a dozen large companies looking to hire nearly 500,000 Americans in coming weeks as they manage a surge in demand for household products. "There are too many customers for our staffing to handle most of the time," said Cody Clark, who works at Brookshire's Food & Pharmacy in Tyler, TX. Many of the big chains have started offering enhanced benefits, such as paid sick time and child-care services, even for temporary or part-time workers. They have also temporarily boosted their hourly wages or promised cash bonuses for the people who run cash registers, unload trucks, or work in e-commerce warehouses. Walmart plans to hire 150,000 additional people and has enhanced its paid sick-time policy for all its store and warehouse workers. It is speeding its hiring process from a typical 2-week process to 24 hours. Walmart, which employs around 1.5 million people in the United States, also said it would pay special cash bonuses totaling $550 million to its hourly workers and its e-commerce warehouses will receive a $2-an-hour increase through late May.